"They are not angels. They are not angels. Come back and see, "Trump said as he sat next to Italian President Sergio Matarella, whom the White House hosted on a visit Wednesday. Trump insisted that the Kurds would be fine because they "know how to fight."
"There's a lot of sand they can play with," Trump said of the region. "It will probably never be very stable."
At a later press conference with Matarella Trump, he stated that the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK ̵
1; a militant group that regularly attacks inside Turkey in the name of Kurdish nationalism – was respected by Islamic state, "because they are tougher or tougher than ISIS." Trump uses another name for the Islamic State.
Trump's comments on Wednesday continued mixed administration messages about the situation in Syria, even as Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had to leave Wednesday for Ankara to try to negotiate an immediate ceasefire with Turkish President Recep. Tyyp Erdogan.
In public remarks Monday, administration officials also took a tougher line with Turkey than Trump, overshadowing the US military message in northern Syria.
"Turkey's military offensive in northeast Syria undermines the take on camera to defeat ISIS, endangering innocent civilians and threatening peace, security and stability in the region," US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Kraft said in New York on Monday. "We have made it clear with Turkey that any action in Northeast Syria in violation of international law, including international humanitarian law, is unacceptable."
The House passed a resolution in a largely two-party vote that rebuked Trump's move to withdraw US troops outside North Syria – a decision announced on Oct. 6 that found few defenders on Capitol Hill. The vote was 354 to 60 with the presence of three Republicans and Independent Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.)
All members of the House GOP leadership team were among the 129 Republicans who supported the resolution. Several notable Republican members opposed it, including leaders of the pro-Rumanian House Freedom Caucus; Reporter Tom Reed (NJ), co-chair of the bipartisan Solvers Caucus issue; and respectively. Greg Pence (Ind.), The vice president's brother.
The strategy of the House is to force Trump to sign or veto legislation that has been disputed by his own decision, even though Republican Senate leaders have not yet made a public commitment to it. the bill.
"Alliances and values are important," said reporter John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Speaking on the House floor. "Getting away from friends is a sad indication of a policy that we do not want to support, we do not want to justify. Yes, we want America to be great, but we're also great for our friends and allies. Coalitions are not bad. Coalitions strengthen our public policy around the world. "
Trump's words sparked criticism from prominent GOP voices who continued to condemn his decision to withdraw the troops.
" The replacement of the Vice President and Secretary of State will meet. Erdogan and suggest that we are somehow surprised by what is happening is disrespectful, "said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the party's presidential candidate for 2012." It's very clear that the administration's decision led to what you see. It's a bit like a farmer's conclusion the barn door after the horses left. " At Trump's insistence that the Kurds were "without angels," Romney replied, "Oh my God, merciful, they are our friends, they were our allies and their abandonment was a very dark moment in American history.
Sen Lindsay O. Graham (RS.C.), an otherwise steadfast ally of Trump who drastically resigned from the president over his actions in Syria, said Trump's comments Wednesday "completely undermined" Pence and Pompeo's ability to reach a truce.
"I hope President Trump is right in his belief that Turkey's invasion of Syria is of no interest to us, the abandonment of the Kurds will not come back to haunt us, ISIS will not overpay and Iran will not fill the vacuum created by this decision, "Graham said. "However, I firmly believe that if President Trump continues to make such statements, it will be a disaster worse than President Obama's decision to leave Iraq."